Tennessee State Parks are key locations to appreciate wildlife, with turkey, coyote, fox, deer, eagles, bluebirds, doves, hawks, owls, butterflies, bats, bald eagles, black bears and more. Binoculars are a must-have!
Viewing Tennessee wildlife in open areas--such as Cataloochee and Cades Cove--offers some of the best opportunities to see white-tailed deer, black bear, raccoon, turkeys, woodchucks and other animals. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail's narrow, winding road encourages motorists to travel at a leisurely pace, sometimes yielding sightings of bear and other wildlife. Winter wildlife is more visible when deciduous trees have lost their leaves.
You may find it advantageous to look for wildlife during morning and evening. Some people like to sit quietly beside a trail, watching for wildlife. Look up and scan the trees. Many animals spend their days among the branches.
Try an eco-cruise through the Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga. Enjoy the colorful, breathtaking beauty of the 27,000-acre canyon carved out by 26 miles of the Tennessee River over thousands of years. Cruising the fourth largest river canyon east of the Mississippi will show you the diverse landscape of the gorge which provides habitats for more than a thousand varieties of plants, ferns, trees, grasses and flowers as well as a rich wildlife population. Nearly 200 different species of birds inhabit "Tennessee's Grand Canyon."
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park. ...more
Harpeth River Blueway
As a joint endeavor between the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) and the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA), the vision of the Project is to promote recreational opportunities, safety and the preservation of natural and cultural features along the Harpeth River through the provision of canoe/kayak access sites and accompanying signage. The Harpeth River, 125 miles long with over 1000 miles of tributaries, meanders through agricultural, forested and suburban areas of six counties in the greater Nashville region until it joins the Cumberland River. ...more
Harrison Bay State Park
The 1,200-acre Harrison Bay State Park, with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline, was originally developed as a Tennessee Valley Authority recreation demonstration area in the 1930's. Its name is derived from a large bay at the main channel of the Tennessee River that covers the old town of Harrison, and the last Cherokee Campground. ...more
Henry Horton State Park
Henry Horton State Park is well known for its championship 18-hole golf course, but it also features a park inn with 65 guest rooms and 4 suites as well as 2,000 square feet of meeting space, a separate conference lodge with 3,150 square feet of meeting space, a southern style restaurant, 5 rustic cabins and 3 deluxe cabins, 72 campsites situated near the scenic Duck River and a trap and skeet range. The 1,140-acre park has three hiking trails where you may see a variety of wildlife such as wild turkey, deer and many kinds of wildflowers. ...more
To the west of the Appalachian Plateau lies the Highland Rim, an elevated plain with steep slopes, surrounding the Central Basin, or Nashville Basin. The Nashville Basin is characterized by rich, fertile farm country. ...more
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park
The Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park is a 23-mile stretch of river, the first such to be designated by the State Scenic River Program. This stretch of river offers canoeing, rafting, fishing, hiking and nature photography. ...more
Hurricane Marina, LLC
Discover Center Hill Lake's premier destination, Hurricane Marina. We have turned Center Hill Lake's oldest marina into a state-of-the-art facility just 3 miles south of interstate 40 in one of the lakes only natural harbors. ...more
Ijams Nature Center
Ijams is a 300 acre environmental learning center for all ages. It includes woodlands and meadows, hiking and biking trails, native flora and fauna, a boardwalk on the TN River, Will Skelton Greenway and the reclaimed Meads Quarry and Ross Marble Quarry Sites. ...more
Indian Mountain State Park
Indian Mountain State Park is a multi-use facility in Campbell County near Tennessee's northern border. In addition to providing camping and recreation opportunities, the 200-acre park is unique in that it was developed on reclaimed strip mine land. ...more
Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park
Conceived as a long-distance hiking trail, the 300-mile Cumberland Trail, the only linear park in the state, from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border to the Signal Point near Chattanooga. The trail now is a resource for many types of recreational activities. ...more